HC Deb 01 May 1956 vol 552 c179
1. Mr. G. Jeger

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government whether he is aware of the large number of prosecutions for failing to renew dog licences; and whether he will issue a circular to local licensing authorities advising them to send a postal reminder to licensees prior to the date of expiry.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (Mr. J. Enoch Powell)

My right hon. Friend has no information other than that given to the hon. Member on 12th April by my right hon. and gallant Friend the Home Secretary. The issue of reminders is a matter for local discretion, and my right hon. Friend sees no need for the issue of a circular.

Mr. Jeger

Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that it would be a very reasonable thing for the local authorities to send out reminders as they do at present for driving licences, which are valued only at 5s., whereas these are valued at 7s. 6d.?

Mr. Powell

Very many local authorities send out these reminders.